THE original toilets at the Tamworth Airport will undergo a $100,000 upgrade in the coming weeks.
The toilets were not part of the recent upgrade to the facility.
Over time, passengers, councillors and other airport users have raised the issue of the smell coming from them.
A report at Tuesday night’s council meeting suggested the issue of the smell had already been addressed, with an ongoing maintenance program put in place to ensure it did not return, but it had been recognised that, when compared to the rest of the terminal, the toilets were ageing.
The report said the toilets did “not present Tamworth, at one of its major entry points, in a positive manner”.
National Buildplan, which undertook the terminal upgrade, has provided a $102,000 quote for the upgrade of the toilets to the same standard as the new facilities.
The additional $10,000 allocated from the airport reserve funds will be used to upgrade the terminal baggage exit door.
The report said, in the time since the terminal was upgraded, it had become apparent the door was unable to cater for two joined baggage trailers to negotiate the exit door at the same time.
The report suggested, as airport usage grew, this would become a problem, particularly if larger aircraft began to land at the airport in the future.